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Travelers who bought a mid-week flight to get ahead of the busy Easter and Passover travel weekend aren’t getting the head start they anticipated as severe weather warnings are leading to flight delays and cancellations. At the time of this writing, more than 2,000 flights have been delayed within, into, or out of the U.S. and over 230 have been canceled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
And the delays and cancellations may continue into the weekend with the National Weather Service warning that “a multi-day weather event with severe storms and heavy rainfall will impact several parts of the country.” The agency reports that there’s potential for tornadoes, wind damage, and flash flooding across the central Gulf Coast on Thursday and that the "threats will press eastward towards the East Coast on Friday.”
According to FlightAware, Southwest Airlines has been hit the hardest with 83 cancellations and 362 delays as of writing. American Airlines follows with 66 cancellations and 225 delays. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has taken the brunt of U.S. airport cancellations with 66 cancellations and 105 delays as of writing.
The National Weather Service reported online that "the greatest risk of severe weather is in the Gulf Coast states today, and in the Southeast Atlantic Coast states from Virginia to Florida on Friday.”
Travelers with flights today and through the weekend should monitor flight status as weather updates are reported.